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Publisher's Summary

Her mission is vital. Her failure is unthinkable. 

A hidden corner of space is swarming with lethal alien technology, a danger to all sentient life. It's guarded by Orlandine, who must keep it contained at any cost - as it has the power to destroy entire civilizations. She schemes from her state-of-the-art weapons station, with only an alien intelligence to share her vigil. But she doesn't share everything with Dragon.... 

Orlandine is hatching a plan to obliterate this technology, removing its threat forever. For some will do anything to exploit this ancient weaponry, created by a long-dead race called the Jain. This includes activating a Jain supersoldier, which may breach even Orlandine's defences. 

Meanwhile, humanity and the alien prador empire keep a careful watch over this sector of space, as neither can allow the other to claim its power. However, things are about to change. The Jain might not be as dead as they seemed - and interstellar war is just a heartbeat away. 

The Soldier is the first novel in the Rise of the Jain series by best-selling science fiction author Neal Asher. 

©2018 Neal Asher (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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way too hard to relate to the characters.<br />

The story is jumping all over which makes it hard to relate with the characters.

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Wonderful

Perfect hard science fiction. Great story and performance. Personally, I can’t wait for our AI overlords to arrive and replace our politicians. Bonus if it will be in the form of Earth Central. Neal Asher always delivers. I love the grand scale of this story. Looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Jamie
  • 05-29-18

Answers some questions from previous books

If you’ve enjoyed previous Neal Asher books, you’ll enjoy this one :-)

Expands the story of the Jain, where they came from, what caused the Jain nodes, and what happened to the Jain themselves ... looking forward to more in the series.

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  • Martyn. R. Winters
  • 07-25-18

Complex, gripping and exciting

Asher tells a good story and "The soldier" doesn't disappoint in this respect. It's filled with great characters to which you can attach your emotions as they whirl and dance through a story of immense complexity. Yet despite it's arcane nature, not a moment of this audiobook leaves me feeling unsatisfied.

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  • Mr
  • 07-19-18

Never diss appointed

With a Neal Asher book, taking his universe even further, great narration from Peter Noble, I could not put the book down, can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Paul
  • 07-07-18

Great exciting story, great characters, well told

A great exciting story with varied and interesting characters. Love the hoopers and the drones. Setup nicely for the next book. Good narration. Recommended .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-18

Neal Asher again superb

another superb glimpse into the polarity, masterly crafted, descriptive and exciting, awaiting more as ever

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  • paul sparks
  • 06-14-18

Excellent book and narration

I’m late in coming to Neal Asher books but I’m glad I did, it has been many years since a book so thoroughly held me that I can’t wait to listen to the next chapter, the narration is top notch too

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  • Iain Crockett
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very confusing<br />

This is a bit like the Borg meets Transformers - but not in a good way! The author has concentrated more on the structure and engineering of the universe than on the characters. Endless descriptions of complex machinery and long drawn out confusing battles using some sort of non dimensional sub space! There are many characters who are sometimes biological and sometimes mechanical and who can change shape and purpose this makes it very difficult to follow who is whom. I was confused pretty much all the way through and as I did not know who were the protagonists or antagonists I didn't care. A story about good guys and bad guys is no use if you don't know which is which. I listened to the end as an exercise in perseverance and although it is obvious a huge amount of work has gone into the books creation I cannot recommend it.

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  • DENNIS
  • 08-08-18

HIGH TECH SPACE OPERA AT IT'S BEST

LOVED THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE ALASTAIR REYNOLDS OR PETER F HAMILTON GIVE THIS A TRY IT IS IN THE SAME STYLE,FULL OF INTRIGUE,SCHEMING CHARACTERS AND MYSTERY SET AGAINST A BACKDROP OF HIGH TECH MACHINES CLASHING AND MANOEUVERING ACROSS SPACE AND TIME.COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN,CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE.WILL BE READING MORE FROM THIS AUTHORS BACK CATALOGUE.

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  • Adam Frith
  • 07-13-18

great but....

love Neil Asher and always enjoy his books but not keen on this narrator. I don't think he expresses the humour in the books very well and his voices for a lot of the characters leave a lot to be desired in my opinion

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-19-18

story sacrificed for explosions

story and character development lacking due to so many battle sequences. a pity considering Ashers earlier works